Fine Arts

Find your unique voice that reflects creative inquiry, commitment and self-discipline.

The process of art making demands the acquisition and development of strong knowledge and skills in materials, accompanied by a reflexive understanding of this knowledge that is then continually tested and extended through relevant practical application.

Steered with that belief, the teaching and learning approach for the Diploma programme is grounded primarily on a practice-based methodology, with an emphasis on the development of your creative processes and discoveries that are honed by community engagement projects and a strong understanding in Art History and ideas.

The programme offers very distinct specialisms in these disciplines: Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture, Drawing, Art Photography and Graphic Novel. Having selected one of the specialisms, you will be trained and equipped with the specific skills, techniques, aesthetics and historical issues associated with the chosen discipline.

The programme also emphasises an interdisciplinary approach to learning, which allows you to discover and establish cross-discipline methodologies in the development of your works. As it is the preliminary stage of your artistic journey, we consider these three years as crucial to allow you to search for a unique creative voice and to understand the use of materials and art processes confidently so that you can hone these skills at a higher level.

Upon graduation, you will be equipped with a clear understanding of your own artistic practice reflecting creative inquiry, commitment and self-discipline, and in some circumstances, the ability to work collaboratively with other artists from other fields of study.

"I enjoy my time in school every day, as I am able to create artworks. I learn a lot [from my lecturers and mentors], and the school provides me with a good platform to expand my knowledge and skills."
Zhang Qiao
Diploma in Fine Arts, Class of 2013

Course Details


3 years


Full Time

Level 1

You will share some common modules across the Diplomas, as well as discipline-specific modules. The shared modules aim to provide you with a comprehensive grounding in the basic creative processes, art and design fundamentals, and technical and academic skills essential for your progression to Levels 2 and 3. They also allow for diagnostic and formative teaching in order to confirm that you have made the appropriate choice of study. The discipline-specific modules will introduce you to core knowledge and skills required as the first layer to the programme.

Studio Practice 1A: Fine Arts (15 CU)
This module introduces fundamental skills in fine arts, such as 'Oil painting' and 'Printmaking', in studio workshop. The classes are designed in such a manner that allows you to experience two of the Fine Arts specialisms and their associated mediums, approaches and application.

Fundamental Art and Design Skills 1A (15 CU)
This module aims to introduce and develop your understanding of the basics of visual language as it pertains to art-making. It comprises three components: Drawing, Visual Articulation and Grey Matters. You will learn to observe, analyse, record and how to communicate visually.

Technical Skills 1A (15 CU)
This module equips you with the essential software skills in image-making. It comprises two components: Digital Imaging, and Moving Images and Sound.

Contextual Studies 1A (15 CU)
This module aims to introduce and develop your basic visual and cultural literacy. You will learn to identify and describe visual elements, and relate images and objects to culture and history through discussion, research, presentation and reflection.

Studio Practice 1B: Fine Arts (15 CU)
This module introduces fundamental skills in fine arts such as ‘Sculpture’ and ‘Graphic Novel’.

Fundamental Art and Design Skills 1B (15 CU)
This module encourages you to explore and apply the knowledge and skills learnt in Fundamental Art and Design Skills 1A module. It continues to include Drawing, Visual Articulation and Grey Matters.

Technical Skills 1B: Fine Arts (15 CU)
This module builds on the essential technical skills and basic design principles learned from Technical Skills 1A and the Basic Fundamental Skills workshop. It is designed as an introduction to create an artist website and communication kits that underpin activities in Level 2, particularly to the Professional Practice/Community Engagement module. This also allows you to understand how to apply and transfer skills learned into a simulated real life scenario.

Contextual Studies 1B (15 CU)
This module encourages you to explore the broader contexts of art, media and design. The module further develops your ability to think and express, and articulate topics in various contexts through engagement in more in-depth discussion, research, presentation and reflection, within an expanded range of issues.

Level 2

You will be taught technical and vocational skills with a directed approach, which encourage reflection and critical analysis in your practical works. This will provide you with substantial understanding and knowledge specific to the programme.

Studio Practice 2A (30 CU)
This module focuses on your chosen specialism/discipline with two guided projects. Varied conceptual approaches in art practice through understanding of the visual language and principles will be introduced. These visual conceptualisations aim to encourage awareness of individual imaginative and interpretative approaches via principles of visual play, developing spontaneity and stimulating an awareness of process as a source for ideas.

Life Drawing I (15 CU)
This module lays the foundation for nude figure drawings and motivates the study of anatomy through pictorial concepts. You will learn to explore expressive drawing skills through both intuitive and analytical drawing methods with various black and white, wet and dry, drawing and painting mediums through these observational studies.

Contextual Studies 2A: History of Art and Ideas I (15 CU)
This module emphases on art from the prehistoric to the 16th century Western art in Europe, and identify some of the key motifs used in Asian art such as cultures where art were influenced by and intertwined closely to the religious and spiritual beliefs in India, China, Japan and Southeast Asia.

Studio Practice 2B (30 CU)
This module is a progression from Studio Practice 2A by refining areas of work in regards to your research methods and studio practices with two guided projects. Workshops and classes are targeted for specific development, experimentation of techniques and concepts, which would allow further exploration in new mediums, approaches and methodologies.

Life Drawing II (15 CU)
This module is a progression from Life Drawing I. It enables you to use knowledge and skills learned to refine observational skills in figure drawing and anatomy studies. Both conventional and unconventional mediums will be introduced to students for exploratory and the development advance visual language in drawing.

Contextual Studies 2B: History of Art and Ideas II (15 CU)
This module focuses on the key motifs and styles of the art movements in Europe from the 18th century to the rise of Modern Art, drawing relations between these European aesthetics and Asian and Southeast Asian styles and aesthetics.

Level 3

You will undertake self-devised/directed projects, which include cross-disciplinary and independent projects. These projects aim to encourage collaboration, polish your technical dexterity, and identify your area of interest, relevant methodologies and artistic proficiency. There is also a placement module to help you gain an in-depth understanding of the Fine Art industries and to apply your studio and academic understandings and achievements to the diverse expectations of a demanding industry. You will also interact with non-profit organisations or community interest-led projects as part of the Community Engagement component, where you will develop a greater sense of responsibility, merging work and personal ethics.

Industry Placement
This module emphases on industry placement and is a progression from professional practice/community engagement project in semester 1. With the set of artist communication kits prepared and substantial knowledge of the relevant industry, the module encourages students to gain a broader perspective of the contemporary arts industry, understanding how it operates and how to stay relevant within it.  You will be assigned in an internship or attachment to an artist as an artist apprenticeship.

Studio Practice 3A (30 CU)
The module is a progression from studio practice in Level 2 by refining areas of work in regards to your research methods and studio practices. Workshops and classes are targeted for specific development of both technical and idea-based explorations, in order for students to further explore new mediums, approach and methodology. Looking closely at contemporary issues in visual arts as well as various applications adopted by contemporary artists, you will be gradually trained to broaden and question their set perspectives and interest in art-making.

Professional Practice and Community Engagement (15 CU)
This module is designed to highlight the fundamental and essential points of being a practising artist within the constantly changing art industry. Drawing from some of the concerns that underscore the discussions in Art history (such as the role of patrons and museums, or the construction of histories), the Community Engagement and Industry Placement module encourages you to gain a broader perspective of the contemporary arts industry, understanding how it operates and how to stay relevant within it.

Contextual Studies 3A: History of Arts and Ideas III (15 CU)
The module is designed to provide you with an overview of art with specific emphasis on the modern to the postmodern period. Using a cross-referencing approach, the course will track the significant art movements, artistic styles and time periods that pertain to and provide further understanding to the topics that underlie the studio research.

Studio Practice 3B (30 CU)
This module emphasises independent research as well as the need for you to initiate and undertake project individually, while applying the body of knowledge gained in the previous levels. The module is designed in such a way as to distill and polish your technical dexterity in the aim to identify your area of interest, relevant methodologies and artistic proficiency.

Contextual Studies 3B: History of Art and Ideas IV
The module expands on the knowledge gained from the previous semesters and provides opportunities for you to apply these theoretical ideas to the discourses to be raised in this semester. Aesthetics and philosophical ideas will play a key role in this module, with the introduction of classical Greek philosophies ideas, German idealism, concepts of beauty, Marxist and Feminist theories, amongst others.

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Learning methods

Attend lectures, critiques, workshops, seminars, tutorials and field trips. Engaging in studio work and group and solo projects will also become part of your student life. As part of industry-based learning, you will be involved in a live industry-related project or an industry placement.

Assessment and course materials

Assessment is an integral part of the learning process and will be formative and diagnostic, as well as summative and evaluative. Feedback to students is provided, wherever appropriate.

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Programme completion criteria

Students need to accumulate 360 credits from Levels 1, 2 and 3.   

Career paths

Make an impact as:
Assistant Art Conservator and Restorer, Museum Gallery Assistant, Graphic Novel Artist, Model and Prop Maker, Painter, Printmaker, Photographer, Sculptor, Videographer, Graphic Designer, Assistant Trainer in Visual Art, Assistant Art Teacher/Educator, Window Display Artist, Layout Artist or Exhibition Designer.


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Admission Information

Important Dates

  • Applications have closed
  • Application outcome will be announced by: 7 June 2019
  • Start of Semester: AY2019/2020
Entry Requirements


  • Singapore
  • Australia
  • Brunei
  • China (PRC)
  • Germany
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Philippines
  • ROC, Taiwan
  • Russia
  • South Korea
  • Sri Lanka
  • Thailand
  • United Arab of Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • Vietnam
Qualifications Remarks
Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level Aggregate score of 25 points or better in 4 GCE O-Level subjects, excluding English. A pass in English at Grade C6 or better
GCSE/IGCSE 5 subject passes, including English, at Grade A to C
Higher NITEC/NITEC Certificate -
Singapore Integrated Programme Completed IP Year 4


Alternative English Language Qualification

Entry Into IELTS TOEFL - iBT
Diploma 5.5 71


As an applicant, you are required to take an Admissions Test or submit a portfolio and attend an interview. 

Option 1: Admissions Test 

  • This test is only available to applicants from Singapore and in selected cities.
  • You will be notified of the required materials to bring along for the Admissions Test. 
  • After the Admissions Test, an interview will be conducted. During the interview, you are required to share your motivation in pursuing the Diploma programme that you have applied to.
  • If you are an international applicant who has undertaken and passed the Admissions Test, a Skype/phone interview will be arranged at a later date. 

Option 2: Portfolio 
Your portfolio should contain a minimum of 10 pieces of original, recently completed work. 

Label each work as follows: 
(i) Title of your work (if any)
(ii) Medium used
(iii) Month/year created 

Your work may be inspired by a movie or book. 

Your portfolio should include at least two of the following categories: Paintings, drawings, collages, posters, sculptures, digital images (Photoshop, Illustrator, etc), photographs and/or video clips. 

Your portfolio should consist of works created solely by yourself (not from a photograph, magazine, or copied from a reproduction of another source). The artworks should have be completed within the last five years. 

During the interview, you are required to participate in a discussion about the content of your portfolio. We are looking for applicants who demonstrate the following attributes: 

  • Readiness to participate in different learning environments 
  • An inclination to learn through exploration and experimentation 
  • A keen interest to acquire knowledge of the Visual Arts 
  • Good studentship i.e. time management, independent, learning integrity, etc. 

Tuition Fees


Funded (Subsidised Fees) Non-Funded (Full Fees)
Singaporeans Singapore PR International Singaporeans Singapore PR International
S$5,380 S$7,030* S$9,880* S$19,570 S$21,785 S$24,514
Note for Diploma Fees:

*SPRs and International students who choose to take up the Tuition Grant (TG) will need to make an online application and then sign the TG Deed with the Government of Singapore. Under the terms of the Tuition Grant Deed, you will be required to work for a Singapore entity for a period of three years upon graduation. For more information, visit

  • Funded/Subsidised fees for Singaporeans and Singapore PR qualify for GST Subsidy from MOE, all other fees include 7% GST.
  • Fees are due on the first day of each semester.
  • Fees are subject to change.
  • Correct as at August 2019.

Application Fees

A non-refundable application fee (inclusive of 7% GST) is chargeable per application. Application is only complete upon receipt of your application fee and all necessary documents. Please ensure your application fee is paid and documents are submitted within seven working days from the submission date of your online application.  LASALLE reserves the right to withdraw the applicant if the application fee remains unpaid and documents are not received by the due date.

Singaporean / Singapore Permanent Resident Applicants International Applicants
S$60.00 S$120.00

Additional Costs

Basic materials for learning are provided by the College.

As a developing artist, you are required to have certain items that are personal to you and cannot be shared. Such items include books, dance shoes, rehearsal clothes, safety boots, portable musical instruments, paints, canvas, basic tools, design software, cameras, etc., that will support you through your three-year learning journey. The College does not encourage the purchase of extravagant or costly materials or equipment. Our lecturers can provide you with affordable suggestions.

You are also encouraged to have your own laptop for education. If you do not own one, computer labs are available on campus with requisite software for you to undertake your work.

There may be opportunities for you to undertake extra-curricular study trips to enhance your overall learning. Trips are not compulsory and may incur additional costs.



Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)

Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) serves to protect students’ fees in the event a Private Education Institution (PEI) is unable to continue operations due to insolvency and/or regulatory closure. The FPS also protects students when the PEI fails to pay penalties or refund fees to the students arising from judgements made against it by the Singapore courts.

In seeking to be an EduTrust-certified PEI, LASALLE is required to adopt the FPS to ensure full protection to all fees paid by their students. Therefore, the FPS is compulsory for students who are taking BA(Hons), MA and Certificate programmes at LASALLE.

Diploma programmes offered by LASALLE are exempted from FPS under the EduTrust requirements of the Committee for Private Education (CPE).

More information on the Committee for Private Education

Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS)

All full-time students of LASALLE are required to be covered under the Medical Insurance Scheme (MIS). The annual coverage of S$20,000 includes school-related activities throughout the programme duration.

The current premium rate of S$18.20 is payable each semester. This premium rate is subject to change based on the prevailing premiums charged by the insurer.

Accepted Modes of Payment

All payment to LASALLE must be made in Singapore Dollars. 

Our accepted payment modes include:

  • DBS Online Banking and ATM Transfer
  • GIRO
  • Cheque/ Bank Draft/ Cashier's Order/ Demand Draft
  • NETS
  • Cash
  • Master/ Visa/ China UnionPay
  • Wired Transfer/ Telegraphic Transfer (Only for International students) 
Scholarships & Financial Support


In recognition of outstanding academic excellence, leadership potential, and a passion for creativity and innovation, LASALLE offers a variety of scholarships to new and current students. 

Applications for scholarships open from March to May for new students. Other externally sponsored scholarships are also available to students. Enquiries and applications may be directed to the respective organisations. 

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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We are committed to providing a quality education for all our students, and believe that no deserving student should be denied admission because of financial difficulty. 

A range of financial assistance schemes, grants and loans are made available to help meet a portion of the educational expenses of students.

Applications for financial assistance open from March to May for new students.

Please note that miscellaneous fees are not covered by scholarships, bursaries or the Mendaki Tertiary Tuition Fee Subsidy (TTFS).

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